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Re: 1812 Re: Punishments

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  • richard lytle
    Dear List,   I offer this only as a  comparison example of the time and period.   Over several years, I have made detailed studies of Major General Anthony
    Message 1 of 40 , Feb 2, 2012
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      Dear List,
       
      I offer this only as a  comparison example of the time and period.
       
      Over several years, I have made detailed studies of Major General Anthony Wayne's tenure as commanding general of the US Army from 1792 to his death in 1796. The US Army being assembled at Pittsburgh, PA, in 1792 and then transferred to Cincinnati, OH, in 1793 had many occurrences of deserters [most of them happening prior to arriving at Pittsburgh] in which rewards of $5.00 dollars were offered for the deserters return. It was a lot of money for a frontier sheriff and more than a few deserters were actually delivered up. Those deserters were court-martialed [some interesting reading there] and the typical sentence was 100 lashes and some months of confinement, with the lashes given in increments of 25 at a time during their confinement period. Eventually, those so punished were numberous enough to form the Century Club and, believe it or not, many of them even re-enlisted.   
       
      Richard Lytle


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    • Peter Catley
      When I asked my father about why he signed up in 1939 his answer was very simple, because you did a whole generation in the UK did because it was the right
      Message 40 of 40 , Feb 4, 2012
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        When I asked my father about why he signed up in 1939 his answer was very simple, "because you did" a whole generation in the UK did because it was the right thing to do. Whether they still thought that in May 1945 (at least those who had survived) is perhaps a rather different question :)

        The Pensioner

        On 3 Feb 2012, at 22:28, Ron wrote:

        > When I asked my Grandad why he signed up for WW 1 and my Dad for WW II the answer was the same--for the adventure! Not KIng and country, not to oppose the godless Hun but simply for the adventure. Neiher wanted a job or signed up through economic necessity.
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        > From: peter monahan <petemonahan@...>
        > To: warof1812 <warof1812@yahoogroups.com>
        > Sent: Fri, Feb 3, 2012 1:41 pm
        > Subject: RE: 1812 Re: Punishments
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        > Squire wrotwe: "Was a good option if you were starving."
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        > Spot on, Squire! Certainly, not everyone who joined the Allied forces in 1939-40-41 did it solely because of a deep seated hatered for National Socialism. Three squares a day and a new brown or blue suit must have sounded pretty good to many of the men who hadn't worked [or eaten properly] in the Depression years. I also noted a few years ago one young lad who'd lost his job at Marks & Spencer and joined the British Army and died in Iraq. His pastor at homne referred tio him as 'an economic conscript', which I thought a very telling turn of phrase. Certainly a large number, of the grunts at least, who serve in the Canadian Foprces come from the less affluent parts of this great land.
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        > Peter Monahan
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